3rd Sunday in Advent Year C
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!
It is interesting that John doesn't give long lists of how to prepare for the coming of Christ. You would think he would say such things as follow the Ten Commandments, stop being a tax collector or a soldier. Instead, he gives them all something possible to do. I remember when I first experienced the Lord that God did not give me a moral list to follow. I even went to confession, as I had done often and I had no idea about what sin was, how serious sins were. I was even trapped in all kinds of sin. My soul was dead; I was ignorant. Yet God still touched me and allowed me to feel His love. I didn’t even confess my mortal sins. I was too embarrassed to mention most sins, I would say “for those I forgot.” I didn’t know that we have to confess them in order to have a valid confession. Yet, at the lowest point in my life, God touched me. Then I was able to start my life and it started slowly. That helps me know that God is here and He touches us with love so we can embrace the dignity of how we were created.